New Release: Streetwalkin' DVD

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2011 Academy Award winner Melissa Leo turns a trick in 1985's Streetwalkin'.

Years before actress Melissa Leo (HBO’s Treme) picked up an Academy Award for her performance in The Fighter, she starred in the 1985 cult drama-thriller Streetwalkin’, which Shout! Factory released on DVD on Aug. 2, 2011. The film was priced at $14.93.

Directed and co-written by Joan Freeman (Satisfaction), Streetwalkin’ features Leo as teen runaway Cookie, who escapes her abusive stepfather and heads for down-and-dirty New York City with her younger brother (Randall Batinkoff, Kick-Ass) in tow. When she arrives in the Big Apple, Cookie meets the charming but violent pimp Duke (Dale Midkiff, Pet Sematary) who quickly introduces her to the harsh, brutal life of prostitution.

A time capsule that does a colorful job in capturing the sights and sounds of the underbelly of 1980s Times Square, Streetwalkin’ also stars Antonio Fargas (Huggy Bear from TV’s Starsky and Hutch), Julie Newmar (Catwoman from TV’s Batman), Khandi Alexander (TV’s Treme), Deborah Offner (Black Swan) and Greg Germann (TV’s Ally McBeal).

A popular rental title back in the VHS era (remember those days?), Streetwalkin’ is an indispensable grindhouse favorite about the unforgettably sleazier aspects in the life of the City That Never Sleeps (particularly in this film). The movie will have a new anamorphic widescreen transfer (1.78:1) on the DVD.

A title in Shout! Factory’s Roger Corman’s Cult Classics line of titles, the DVD contains the following special features:

  • commentary with director-writer Joan Freeman and producer-writer Robert Alden
  • reversible DVD cover with original ’80s theatrical poster key art on the other side
  • trailers


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.